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Åby Stora Pris

Group One International race
Åby Stora Pris
Location Åby Racetrack, Mölndal,
22x20px Sweden
Inaugurated 1936
Race type Harness race for standardbred trotters
Website Åby Stora Pris (Swedish)
Race information
Distance 1,640 meters (1.02 miles)
Track Left-handed 1,000 meter track (0.62 mile)
Qualification Invitational, 4 years or older
Purse ≈US$359,000


Åby Stora Pris (literally "Åby Grand Prize") is an annual Group One harness event for trotters that is held at Åby Racetrack in Mölndal, 10 km south of Gothenburg, Sweden.[1] Åby Stora Pris has taken place since 1936, the same year Åby Racetrack was opened.[2][3] In 2008, the purse of the event was approximately US$359,000 (SEK2,400,000).[4] Åby Stora Pris is part of the European Grand Circuit.[5]

Contents

Racing conditions

Through the years, the conditions of the event have varied. Before 2005, the winner was decided through a single race. This one race had since 1978 been of 2,140 meters. As from 2005, when the setup was changed, the same eight horses have been racing each other in two 1,640 meter-heats. These heats are followed by a race-off of 1,640 meters, if necessary, i.e. if the two heats are won by different horses.[6]

With the exception of 1981, a motorized starting gate has been used to launch the race since 1979.[7]

In 1978, when the distance was decreased to 2,140 meters, another shift was made as well. Date wise, the event had been held in May or June until then. After the change in 1978, it has been held in September, apart from the years 1990-92 when the race was in August.[7]

The event is invitational, meaning only invited horses can participate.[2] To come in contention for invitations, a horse must be of age four or above.[4]

Past winners

Horses with most wins

  • 2 - Idéal du Gazeau (1981, 1982)
  • 2 - Lyon (1970, 1972)
  • 2 - Gelinotte (1956, 1957)
  • 2 - Iran Scott (1951, 1952)[7]

Sires with at least two winning offsprings

  • 3 - Scotland (Scotch Thistle, Scotch Fez, Locomotive)
  • 2 - Quick Pay (Victory Tilly, The Onion)
  • 2 - Kairos (Gelinotte, Hairos II)
  • 2 - Hermes D. (Pluvier III, Orlof)
  • 2 - Hollyrood Harkaway (Trumps, Escape)[7]

Mares with at least two winning offsprings

  • 2 - My Sister Lou (Big Noon, Exklusiv)[7]

Drivers with most wins

  • 4 - Åke Svanstedt
  • 4 - Gösta Nordin
  • 3 - Ragnar Thorngren[7]

Other note

Frances Bulwark is the only mare that have won the event herself (in 1950) in addition to having bred a winner, the stallion Frances Nibs, who won in 1964. Frances Nibs has also sired a winner, the champion of 1977, Micko Tilly. Thus this line represents winners in three generations.[7]

All winners of Åby Stora Pris

Year

Horse

Driver

Country of owner

Odds of winner

Winning time

Distance in meters

2008 Garland Kronos Lutfi Kolgjini 22x20px Sweden 2.94[8] 1:13.1[9] 1,640
2007 Giant Superman Fredrik B. Larsson 22x20px Sweden 2.14[8] 1:13.5[9] 1,640
2006 Red Chili Pirat Örjan Kihlström 22x20px Sweden 7.01/5.82[10] 1:11.3/1:11.6[11] 1,640
2005 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt 22x20px Sweden 1.41[8] 1:13.3[9] 1,640
2004 Steinlager Per Oleg Midfjeld 22x20px Norway 7.14 1:13.5 2,140
2003 Gidde Palema Åke Svanstedt 22x20px Sweden 2.20 1:12.1 2,140
2002 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson 22x20px Sweden 1.28 1:13.5 2,140
2001 Etain Royal Jorma Kontio 22x20px Finland 10.16 1:13.1 2,140
2000 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson 22x20px Sweden 1.59 1:13.3 2,140
1999 Général du Pommeau Jules Lepennetier 22x20px France 1.47 1:14.4 2,140
1998 Rite On Line Atle Hamre 22x20px Norway 9.33 1:14.3 2,140
1997 Gentle Star Gunleif Tollefsen 22x20px Norway 2.61 1:15.0 2,140
1996 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt 22x20px Sweden 2.01 1:14.3 2,140
1995 Zoogin Åke Svanstedt 22x20px Sweden 4.81 1:13.6 2,140
1994 Houston Laukko Jorma Kontio 22x20px Finland 38.61 1:13.8 2,140
1993 Queen L. Stig H. Johansson 22x20px Sweden 3.33 1:13.2 2,140
1992 Sea Cove Joseph Verbeeck 22x20px Germany 15.32 1:14.5 2,140
1991 Prince Mystic Atle Hamre 22x20px Norway 10.54 1:14.0 2,140
1990 Reve d'Udon Yves Dreux 22x20px France 2.57 1:14.0 2,140
1989 Quellou Pierre Levesque 22x20px France 8.43 1:14.9 2,140
1988 Ourasi Jean-René Gougeon 22x20px France 1.73 1:14.5 2,140
1987 Jet Ribb Hans G. Eriksson 22x20px Sweden 8.21 1:14.8 2,140
1986 Utah Bulwark Stig H. Johansson 22x20px Sweden 1.37 1:14.3 2,140
1985 Minou du Donjon Olle Goop 22x20px France 1.37 1:15.4 2,140
1984 The Onion Stig H. Johansson 22x20px Sweden 3.80 1:14.8 2,140
1983 Legolas Thomas Nilsson 22x20px Sweden 13.21 1:14.6 2,140
1982 Idéal du Gazeau Eugène Lefèvre 22x20px France 2.20 1:15.6 2,140
1981 Idéal du Gazeau Eugène Lefèvre 22x20px France 1.61 1:18.4 2,140
1980 Express Gaxe Gunnar Axelryd 22x20px Sweden 2.96 1:15.0 2,140
1979 Hadol du Vivier Jean-René Gougeon 22x20px France 2.22 1:15.5 2,140
1978 Charme Asserdal Heikki Korpi 22x20px Finland 8.72 1:16.9 2,140
1977 Micko Tilly Olle Lindqvist 22x20px Sweden 9.04 1:16.3 2,640
1976 Dines P. Michel Feuillet 22x20px France 11.74 1:18.9 2,620
1975 Race cancelled
1974 Knabe Olle Goop 22x20px Sweden 5.92 1:18.6 2,600
1973 Bill D. André L. Dreux 22x20px France 2.68 1:17.8 2,620
1972 Lyon Olle Elfstrand 22x20px Sweden 1.86 1:21.3 2,600
1971 Harper Arrow Lennart Stjernlöf 22x20px Sweden 2.86 1:21.0 2,600
1970 Lyon Olle Elfstrand 22x20px Sweden 1.66 1.20,4 2,600
1969 Fairland Uno Swed 22x20px Sweden 9.66 1:21.2 2,600
1968 Pulemjot Stig H. Nilsson 22x20px Sweden 13.30 1:19.8 2,600
1967 Lill Mavil Svenning Eriksson 22x20px Sweden 6.84 1:24.0 2,600
1966 Orlof Algot Scott 22x20px Sweden 9.77 1:19.9 2,600
1965 Pluvier III Gunnar Nordin 22x20px Sweden 3.48 1:19.8 2,620
1964 Frances Nibs Olle Andersson 22x20px Sweden 7.36 1:21.3 2,620
1963 Oscar R.L. Henri Levesque 22x20px France 2.07 1:20.4 2,620
1962 Aprilsnar Kaj Hansen 22x20px Denmark 48.63 1:23.0 2,600
1961 Kracovie Raoul Vercruysse 22x20px France 1.75 1:19.0 2,620
1960 Hairos II Willem H. Geersen 22x20px Netherlands 1.90 1:18.6 2,640
1959 Icare IV Walter Baroncini 22x20px France 3.33 1:19.3 2,640
1958 Io d'Amour Eddie Freundt 22x20px West Germany 2.82 1:20.4 2,620
1957 Gelinotte Charlie Mills 22x20px France 1.41 1:20.2 2,640
1956 Gelinotte Charlie Mills 22x20px France - 1:20.0 2,640
1955 Ejadon Johannes Frömming 22x20px West Germany 7.00 1:18.9 2,640
1954 Mac Kinley Willem H. Geersen 22x20px Netherlands 4.76 1:21.5 2,600
1953 Scotch Thistle Vicenti Ossani 22x20px Italy 9.75 1:21.7 2,660
1952 Iran Scott Carl A. Schoug 22x20px Sweden 5.91 1:22.8 2,640
1951 Iran Scott Carl A. Schoug 22x20px Sweden 8.81 1:22.2 2,620
1950 Frances Bulwark Sören Nordin 22x20px Sweden 4.99 1:22.3 2,600
1949 Scotch Fez Sören Nordin 22x20px Sweden 2.29 1:22.4 2,620
1948 Locomotive Gunnar Nordin 22x20px Sweden 4.04 1:21.8 2,420
1947 Optimist Gösta Nordin 22x20px Sweden 2.96 1,23,7 2,380
1946 Justus Sören Nordin 22x20px Sweden 1.63 1:23.4 2,180
1945 Dieter Asa Stig Karlsson 22x20px Sweden 7.37 1:23.6 2,200
1944 Exklusiv Gösta Nordin 22x20px Sweden 3.57 1:23.8 2,180
1943 Volburn Gösta Nordin 22x20px Sweden 2.75 1:22.9 2,180
1942 Trumps Ragnar Thorngren 22x20px Sweden 4.71 1:23.3 2,180
1941 Big Noon Gösta Nordin 22x20px Sweden 1.75 1:21.9 2,180
1940 Craftsman Oscar Persson 22x20px Sweden 2.56 1:22.0 2,220
1939 Harper Hanover Oscar Persson 22x20px Sweden 1.79 1:21.0 2,240
1938 Escape Ragnar Thorngren 22x20px Sweden 1.59 1:21.9 2,200
1937 True Hanover Ragnar Thorngren 22x20px Sweden 2.81 1:25.1 2,200
1936 Guy Montgomery P. Paul P. Nielsen 22x20px Sweden 2.32 1:28.6 2,200[7]

References

  1. "Åbytravet - In English". abytravet.com. http://www.abytravet.com/in_english.php. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Olsson, Daniel (2007-08-22). "...och snart stundar Åby Stora" (in Swedish). travnet.se. Travnet. http://www.travnet.se/TravnetCore/?coreUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.travnet.se%2Fwww%2Fpublic%2Fwebb%2Fdefault.asp%3FmenuID_equals_1_and_dayID_equals_3_and_banID_equals_01_and_infoID_equals_30392_and_infoTyp_equals_nyhet. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  3. "Göteborgs Galoppsällskaps historia" (in Swedish). goteborggalopp.se. http://www.goteborggalopp.se/GGS/historia.html. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Travsport.se - Resultat" (in Swedish). travsport.se. STC. http://www.travsport.se/sresultat?kommando=tevlingsdagVisa&tevdagId=493108&loppId=660587. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  5. "European Grand Circuit 2009". uet-trot.net. European Trotting Union (UET). http://www.uet-trot.net/UET/pdf/en/gc_current.pdf. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  6. Johansson, Ola (2008-09-15). "Svanstedt mot ny seger i Åby Stora" (in Swedish). travsidan.se. http://www.travsidan.nu/trav/senaste/nyheter_08-2/svanstedt_080915.pdf. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 "Åby Stora Pris" (in Swedish). qhurth.com. http://www.qhurth.com/trav/lopp/abystora.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The odds is from the win in the race-off.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 The time given is from the win in the race-off.
  10. Red Chili Pirat won in two heats. The odds are from the first and second heat, respectively.
  11. Red Chili Pirat won in two heats. The times given are from the first and second heat, respectively.


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